How do you upset the best two teams in your conference?
Ask Oakland (6-12, 2-2).
Thursday night Oakland University hosted the previous unbeaten conference leading Green Bay Phoenix (14-4, 3-1) on Travis Bader* night at the O'rena.
One way of doing it, is putting the ball in the hands of sophomore Kahlil Felder (17.3 ppg). Felder leads the country in minutes played this season, averaging 38..9 minutes per game, and has already played a full 50 minute double overtime game this season. Kahlil scored 20 points on the night, with 10 assists and 6 rebounds, just 4 shy of a triple double! Felder continued his average of at least 17 points and 6 assists per game, making him one of only three players in the nation to average that per game.
In a game that was predominatley led by the home Grizzlies, with 3:39 left in the game Oakland led 67-58, the Grizz decided to go into a stalling offense to milk the clock and that played right into the hands of the Phoenix. Green Bay was able to go onto a 6-0 run and got within three with 1:45 left in the game.
Felder stepped up as the leader for Oakland knocking down two free throws to push the lead back up to five. Keifer Sykes (19.2 ppg) made a layup with 45 seconds left. Green Bay choose to play defense and not foul, in which it worked out for them, they got the ball back with 14 seconds left and called timeout. Sykes had the ball down by three with 5 seconds left and shot a three but was unable to connect and time ran out as Oakland got the rebound.
Keifer Sykes scored 19 points on the game, in his first game after being name the Naismith National player of the week last week.
The Golden Grizzlies were able to win despite scoring only 2 points in the last 3:40 of the game, as well as turing the ball over 18 times to that athletic defense of the Phoenix.
With the win, it brings Oakland to 2-2 in the Horizon League, with both wins coming at home against the top two teams in the league, Green Bay and Valparaiso.
The biggest key to the win by Oakland came down to the Grizz shooting 42 percent form three, making 8-19. and holding Green Bay to a terrible 14 percent making only 2-14 on the game.
Oakland's next game will be an out of conference game when they host Albion on Sunday. The Phoenix look to bounce back on Saturday when they head to Detroit for a big conference match up.
* The Oakland Grizzlies retired Travis Bader's number 3 jersey Thursday night. Bader has the record for the most made three pointers made (504) and attempted (1246) in NCAA history. Travis played as a freshman in the 2010-2011 season and played as a senior in the 2013-2014. Bader continues the pursuit of life in the NBA.